What does institute mean?

Definitions for institute
ˈɪn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyutin·sti·tute

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. instituteverb

    an association organized to promote art or science or education

  2. establish, found, plant, constitute, instituteverb

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

  3. institute, bringverb

    advance or set forth in court

    "bring charges", "institute proceedings"


  1. institutenoun

    An organization founded to promote a cause

    I work in a medical research institute.

  2. institutenoun

    An institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects

  3. institutenoun

    The building housing such an institution

  4. instituteverb

    To begin or initiate (something).

    He instituted the new policy of having children walk through a metal detector to enter school.

  5. instituteverb

    To train, instruct.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Institutenoun

    Etymology: institut, Fr. institutum, Latin.

    This law, though custom now directs the course,
    As nature's institute, is yet in force
    Uncancel'd, though disused. Dryden.

    Thou art pale in mighty studies grown,
    To make the Stoick institutes thy own. John Dryden, Persius.

  2. To INSTITUTEverb

    Etymology: instituo, institutum, Lat. instituer, Fr.

    God then instituted a law natural to be observed by creatures; and therefore, according to the manner of laws, the institution thereof is described as being established by solemn injunction. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    Here let us breathe, and haply institute
    A course of learning, and ingenuous studies. William Shakespeare.

    To the production of the effect they are determined by the laws of their nature, instituted and imprinted on them by inimitable wisdom. Matthew Hale, Original of Mankind.

    To institute a court and country party without materials, would be a very new system in politicks, and what, I believe, was never thought on before. Jonathan Swift.

    If children were early instituted, knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself. Decay of Piety.


  1. Institute

    An institute is an organisational body created for a certain purpose. They are often research organisations (research institutes) created to do research on specific topics, or can also be a professional body. In some countries, institutes can be part of a university or other institutions of higher education, either as a group of departments or an autonomous educational institution without a traditional university status such as a "university institute" (see Institute of Technology). In some countries, such as South Korea and India, private schools are sometimes referred to as institutes, and in Spain, secondary schools are referred to as institutes. Historically, in some countries institutes were educational units imparting vocational training and often incorporating libraries, also known as mechanics' institutes. The word "institute" comes from a Latin word institutum meaning "facility" or "habit"; from instituere meaning "build", "create", "raise" or "educate".


  1. institute

    An institute is an organization established for a particular purpose or goal, often for educational, scientific, or societal pursuits. This can include schools, research facilities, non-profit organizations and more. Institutes often engage in research, provide professional training or public education, or advocate for a specific cause or policy. They can vary in size from small, local groups to large, international organizations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Institute

    established; organized; founded

  2. Instituteverb

    to set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc

  3. Instituteverb

    to originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society

  4. Instituteverb

    to nominate; to appoint

  5. Instituteverb

    to begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit

  6. Instituteverb

    to ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct

  7. Instituteverb

    to invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls

  8. Instituteadjective

    the act of instituting; institution

  9. Instituteadjective

    that which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom

  10. Instituteadjective

    hence: An elementary and necessary principle; a precept, maxim, or rule, recognized as established and authoritative; usually in the plural, a collection of such principles and precepts; esp., a comprehensive summary of legal principles and decisions; as, the Institutes of Justinian; Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England. Cf. Digest, n

  11. Institutenoun

    an institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper Institute

  12. Institutenoun

    the person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation

  13. Etymology: [L. institutus, p. p. of instituere to place in, to institute, to instruct; pref. in- in + statuere to cause to stand, to set. See Statute.]


  1. Institute

    An institute is an organisational body created for a certain purpose.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Institute

    in′sti-tūt, v.t. to set up in: to erect: to originate: to establish: to appoint: to commence: to educate.—n. anything instituted or formally established: established law: precept or principle: (pl.) a book of precepts, principles, or rules, esp. in jurisprudence: an institution: a literary and philosophical society or association, as the 'Institute of France' (embracing L'Académie Française, L'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, L'Académie des Sciences, L'Académie des Beaux Arts, and L'Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques).—n. Institū′tion, the act of instituting or establishing: that which is instituted or established: foundation: established order: enactment: a society established for some object: that which institutes or instructs: a system of principles or rules: the origination of the Eucharist and the formula of institution: the act by which a bishop commits a cure of souls to a priest.—adjs. Institū′tional, Institū′tionary, belonging to an institution: instituted by authority: elementary.—n. In′stitutist, a writer of institutes or elementary rules.—adj. In′stitutive, able or tending to establish: depending on an institution.—n. In′stitutor, one who institutes: an instructor. [L. instituĕre, -ūtumin, in, statuĕre, to cause to stand—stāre, to stand.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institute' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1926

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institute' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4364

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institute' in Nouns Frequency: #809

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of institute in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of institute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of institute in a Sentence

  1. James Scott:

    If developed and implemented meaningfully, Cyber Shield Act could be a catalyst to incite responsible cybersecurity adoption and implementation throughout multiple manufacturing sectors. James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

  2. Kurt Volker:

    Today, I informed ASU President Crow and Mrs. McCain that I believe the recent media focus on my work as the U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations risks becoming a distraction from the accomplishments and continued growth of the Institute, and therefore, I am stepping down as executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, i know the Institute is well equipped with a first rate team of staff and trustees to continue its progress in the future.

  3. James Scott:

    The two main problems with signature and heuristic based anti-virus is the mutating hash and the fact that you first need a victim in order to obtain the signature. James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

  4. Stacy Mitchell:

    The Institute for Local Self-Reliance's not a market if The Institute for Local Self-Reliance's controlled by a private actor who decides what companies are allowed to sell what, and sets pricing according to the fees that The Institute for Local Self-Reliance charges, amazon's real aim is to take over enough of the business that you don't really have any benchmarks anymore to figure out what is a reasonable price.

  5. P. J. O'Rourke:

    The Institute of U.S. and Canadian Studies is supposed to have subscribed to the "Village Voice" for six years in an attempt to find out about life in America's rural areas.

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